Think Trump & Republicans Wouldn’t Cancel An Election? Look At What Georgia’s GOP Just Pulled Off

By Julia Conley Common Dreams (5/19/0) Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will be permitted to hand-pick the state’s next Supreme Court Justice after that same high court ruled last week that a special election set for Tuesday could be canceled. Kemp and his Secretary of State, Brad Raffensberger, moved to cancel voting in the state earlier this year after state Supreme Court Justice Keith Blackwell announced he would step down after his six-year term expires at the end of 2020. Taking the matter of who should succeed Blackwell into his own hands will allow Kemp, a Republican, to appoint another right-wing judge to serve…


Can You Stay Safe With States Reopening? An Expert Explains How To Assess Risk When Reconnecting With Friends & Family

Michigan’s outbreak looks different from Iowa’s, which looks different from Colorado’s. Even within states, outbreaks are very distinct.  By Ryan Malosh The Conversation (5/18/20) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally released new guidelines for businesses, bars and schools that are considering reopening. Although following these guidelines should help, it’s frustrating there hasn’t been more clear, concise communication about the risk of infection. And without strict guidelines, it will be up to us to minimize our own risk and the risk of everyone around us. In large part, this is because there is still so much we scientists and physicians don’t know about…


Code Blue America: Hydroxychloroquine Isn’t The Only Snake Oil Trump & His Republicans Are Peddling

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/21/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Amy Goodman with Democracy Now! on May 19 hit all the high points: hydroxychloroquine, reopening, lack of testing to support reopening, criticism of the Centers for Disease Control, specific problems with antibody testing which are critical to understanding exposure to date, immunity and an outlook for a vaccine, a possible Moderna vaccine, global cooperation, and finally an outlook on immunity. As States Rush to Reopen, Lack of COVID-19 Testing Is “Achilles Heel” for U.S. Goodman opens with a short Trump segment, “I happen to be taking it”, ‘it’ being hydroxychloroquine….


The Real Reason Trump Wants To Put Your Life On The Line For Reopening The Economy

By Robert Reich RobertReich. com (5/13/20) Donald Trump is getting nervous. Internal polls show him losing in November unless the economy comes roaring back. So what is Trump’s reelection strategy? Ignore the warnings of public health experts and reopen the economy at all costs. Here’s his lethal 4-part plan: Step 1: Remove income support, so people have no choice but to return to work.     Trump’s Labor Department has decided that furloughed employees “must accept” an employer’s offer to return to work and therefore forfeit unemployment benefits, regardless of the risk of returning to work before it’s safe. Forcing…


Some Hopeful News Regarding Covid-19: Reinfection May Not Happen

“Brilliant news. … Remarkably good news.” Dr. John Campbell has a very informative, straight forward daily podcast review and update of the developing science on Covid-19. In this episode he reviews research coming out of South Korea indicating people cannot be reinfected with Covid-19, which is positive news regarding efficacy of possible vaccination and eventual herd immunity. Link To 23+-Minute Video You Can Access Dr. John Campbell’s Science-Based Library Of Podcasts On A Variety Of  Covid-19 Related Topics Here.  


What The 1918 Flu Pandemic Can Teach Us About The Coronavirus Outbreak — If Only We Are Willing To Learn

  By Wes Martin & Meghna Chakrabarti On Point / WBUR (5/15/20) It’s been more than 100 years since all of humanity has had to respond to a global pandemic on the scale of coronavirus. We’ll take a deep look at the origins, responses and lessons of the flu pandemic of 1918. Guests: John Barry, professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.” (@johnmbarry) Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR) Link To Story, Transcript And 57-Minute Audio (Commoner Call photo by Mark L. Taylor,…


Notably Quotable: “The oddity in all of this is the people Trump despises most, love him the most. The people who are voting for Trump…”

  “The oddity in all of this is the people Trump despises most, love him the most. The people who are voting for Trump for the most part… he wouldn’t even let them in a f*cking hotel. He’d be disgusted by them.” — Howard Stern ***** “To be fair, Trump has been very clear in press briefings that he’s “not a doctor … [just] a person that has a good you-know-what”. And you know what? If he wants to turn himself into a human guinea pig, I fully support it” — Arwa Mahdawi, Has Trump been trying out his own dodgy medical advice?…


The Democratic Party Cannot Defeat Trump By Returning To Past Failures

We don’t have to choose between the failed paths of the past. By Winnie Wong Morning Consult (5/12/20) The Democratic Party needs to make a decision about how to confront the most corrupt and dangerous president in modern U.S. history. President Donald Trump poses an existential threat to the health and welfare of the people of this country, as his grossly negligent conduct during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has vividly illustrated. During his tenure in the White House, Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his contempt for the working people of this country, while giving succor to the most hateful and bigoted elements of society. Trump has repeatedly…


Time For Progressives To Seize The Means Of Production Of House Relief Bills

Asking for only half as many fire trucks as necessary to rush to the scene of a fire does not make you a wise leader. By Hamilton Nolan In These Times (5/13/20) There is no upside to moderation in the face of a disaster. Asking for only half as many fire trucks as necessary to rush to the scene of a fire does not make you a wise leader; it makes you someone who let the house burn down. No matter how many times we are forced to learn this the hard way, the lesson has not sunk in for…


Chris Hedges On Biden vs. Trump, Bernie Sanders, Corporate Media, Assange & The Empty Shell Of The American Left

  “What is the response? It is to recover a new militancy where we recognize that our planet will not be saved and our democracy will not be restored through existing political systems.” acTVism Munich (5/5/20) In this interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hedges, we discuss his past work as a foreign correspondent with the New York Times and why he chose to quit. In addition, we compare Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the context of domestic and foreign policy with a focus on Europe. Lastly we explore the importance of economic…


Is Elon Musk(rat) Really A Genius? Um, No, He’s Just Another Whiny, Self-Important, Hypocritical, Freeloading, Grifting Little Billionaire

Just another freeloading beneficary of taxpayer support, exploitation of workers and big talking record of lying. “F*ck, Elon Musk.” By Mehdi Hasan Deconstructed (5/14/20) OVER THE WEEKEND, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to voice his frustrations about the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in Alameda County, California. The billionaire entrepreneur threatened that he would take his auto factory to another state if it was not allowed to reopen immediately. On Monday, he announced that he would be resuming production at the facility in contravention of the lockdown. By Wednesday morning, the county had caved to Musk, announcing that his factory would…



The Covid-19 Patients Who Have Symptoms For Months: ‘Weird as hell’

“I’ve studied 100 diseases. Covid is the strangest one I have seen in my medical career.” By Luke Harding The Guardian (5/15/20) In mid-March Paul Garner developed what he thought was a “bit of a cough”. A professor of infectious diseases, Garner was discussing the new coronavirus with David Nabarro, the UK’s special envoy on the pandemic. At the end of the Zoom call, Nabarro advised Garner to go home immediately and to self-isolate. Garner did. He felt no more than a “little bit off”. Days later, he found himself fighting a raging infection. It’s one he likens to being…


Code Blue America: Intentionally Putting Your Family On The Line Of Incompetence

“The number of slaughterhouse workers who have already died this year is on par with the number of U.S. servicemembers who have died annually fighting in Afghanistan over the last five years. Military personnel risking their lives to fight terrorism is one thing. How did the president arrive at the absurdity of requiring civilians to risk their lives for the sake of a particular food?” — Jonathan Safran Foer  ***** “I never had a right to do something that could injure the health of my neighbors.” — Wendy E. Parmet, director of the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University ***** Modern…


Dying To Head To The Bar With Your Buddies For A Beer? Here’s How Rapidly Covid-19 Can Spread To Everyone (Including You) In A Restaurant

  “What the video demonstrated, is that it will spread to surfaces and to people very efficiently.” [Editor’s Note: Remember, whatever you pick up at a bar or restaurant you carry home to your family and friends. — Mark L. Taylor] By Luke O’Neil The Guardian (5/15/20) Even as Covid 19 deaths in the US continue to grow, now surpassing 85,000, many states have begun loosening lockdown restrictions. Regardless of the wisdom of such moves, it’s clear that there’s a desire to return to something resembling normalcy across the country, as in Wisconsin, where locals returned to packed bars this week. How…


‘This American Life’ Episode On American Refugee Camps Wins First-Ever Pulitzer Prize For Radio Investigative Report

    [Editor’s Note: This amazing episode of ‘This American Life’ profiles the brutal, inhumanity of American asylum policies on the southern border. In the midst of our own struggles these days, we cannot lose our humanity by ignoring the terror inflicted on innocents in our name and on our dime. To do so is to lose our humanity. — Mark L. Taylor] This American Life (5/15/20) Last week, our episode “The Out Crowd“ won the very first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a radio show. This is the episode that won, with some updates on the stories. Hear what the Trump administration’s…


‘We Are In A Planetary Emergency’ — Michael Moore Responds To Environmental Movement Criticisms Of Movie ‘Planet Of The Humans’

By Michael Moore Rumble (5/5/20) Michael Moore lays out the stakes of the extinction level event we are currently facing, the failures of the eco-capitalist movement and why we must change course. Link To 38-Minute Audio To Read Michael’s Written Piece, “We Are In A Planetary Emergency” visit his Facebook page HERE.   To view “Planet Of The Humans” — Link To 1-Hour, 40-Minute Video


May Dispatch From The Democratic Socialists Of America: Crisis & Opportunity

  “Only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.” By Maria Svart DSA National Director (5/8/20) We knew well before COVID-19 that capitalism was killing us. The shootings of Ahmaud Arbery and Sean Reed, each caught on video, and the completely different treatment of black people vs white ones by police during the lockdown,…


House Dems’ Covid-19 Zero ‘Heroes Act’ A Recruiting Gift To Fascist Movement

Twisted by loyalty to corporate whim, corporate democrats are blind to the seeds of destruction they are sowing. By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (5/14/20) Once again House democrats under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) left average working people — those losing their jobs, health care and homes in the midst of a deadly pandemic — out in the cold. In the democrats’  recently proposed “Heroes Act” corporate interests — and even corporate lobbyists for Godsake — got a full menu of bailouts, tax breaks, kickbacks and tax shelters. Meanwhile, the people at risk — those working…


Are Trump & Anti-Lockdown Militias Itching For Actual Violence?

  The implications for the 2020 election are dire. By Mehdi Hasan Deconstructed / The Intercept (5/7/20) PROTESTS HAVE BROKEN out in and around several state capitols, with demonstrators, among them armed right-wing militia members, attempting to pressure their state governments to end the Covid-19 lockdowns. Could this end in violence, and what does it portend for the presidential election? Scholar of right-wing extremism Nicole Hemmer joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the protests. Nicole Hemmer: Donald Trump is no stranger to the language of political violence. It’s something that he has encouraged throughout his presidential campaign and throughout his presidency. Link To


Combining Different Models, New Coronavirus Projection Shows At Least 110,000 Deaths By June 6

About 7,000 people are projected to die in the first week of June. By Nurith Aizenman & Sean McMinn NPR (5/13/20) More than 82,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday. How many more lives will be lost? Scientists have built dozens of computational models to answer that question. But the profusion of forecasts poses a challenge: The models use such a wide range of methodologies, formats, and time frames, it’s hard to get even a ballpark sense of what the future has in store. Enter Nicholas Reich, a biostatistician at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Reich and his colleagues have…


‘Screen New Deal’ — How Crisis Will Lead To Every Detail & Action In Your Life To Be Tracked By Google & Other Tech Giants

Under Cover of Mass Death, Andrew Cuomo Calls in the Billionaires to Build a High-Tech Dystopia By Naomi Klein The Intercept (5/8/20) OR A FEW fleeting moments during New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday, the somber grimace that has filled our screens for weeks was briefly replaced by something resembling a smile. “We are ready, we’re all-in,” the governor gushed. “We are New Yorkers, so we’re aggressive about it, we’re ambitious about it. … We realize that change is not only imminent, but it can actually be a friend if done the right way.” The inspiration for these…


Code Blue America: Magical Thinking Runs Aground On The Reality Of Science

  “I find our testing record nothing to celebrate whatsoever.” — Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) criticizing Trump lack of virus testing (5/12/20) ***** “We are running out of time to save lives.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), senate hearing (5/12/20) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/14/20) Dear Fellow Readers, What is the goal of coronavirus testing? It’s about limiting the spread and saving lives. The number of tests you promise for some future date is not a solution; the damning conclusion of Trump’s failure is that the US represents 4% of the global population but continues to represent one-third…


‘The Next Crisis’: Due To GOP & Dem Inaction Up To 43 Million More Americans Could Lose Health Insurance Due To Pandemic, Study Shows

Last month, the Economic Policy Institute estimated that 12.7 million people had already lost their employer-based health insurance. By Julia Conley Common Dreams (5/10/20) Medicare for All advocates on Sunday pointed to the latest study on the looming health insurance crisis already becoming apparent amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to job losses for more than 33 million people in the past two months. Because health insurance is tied to employment for about half the country—160 million people—as many as 43 million are expected to lose their health insurance due to the pandemic, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson…


Building The General Strike Movement To Challenge & Change Our Brutal Political & Economic System

Constantly changing in response to new situations makes it more difficult for law enforcement, the government, and corporations to predict what the movement will do. By Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers Popular Resistance (5/3/20) Now that May Day is behind us, we must build the General Strike campaign. The next strike day, June 1, should be the culmination of a month of working toward the day of action.  This is the responsibility of everyone involved in the General Strike movement. Join the next Popular Resistance General Strike call on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 pm Eastern. Register at bit.ly/MayDayMeeting. This is an ongoing campaign….


AFL-CIO Video Conference, Friday, May 15: Fighting For All Workers During The Crisis

Team AFL-CIO (5/13/20) COVID-19 and the economic fallout from the pandemic has hit working people in this country hard. Join us on Facebook Live to hear about how we’re fighting for all workers. Current unemployment numbers are at the highest level since the Great Depression. Working families are suddenly finding themselves without health insurance during a public health crisis, and the future of our economy is appearing more and more uncertain with each passing day of inaction by the Trump administration. And workers are on the front lines of this crisis, risking our health and our lives to keep America…


Black Agenda Radio For Week Of May 11, 2020

  Black Agenda Report (5/11/20) Biden’s “Lift Every Voice” Proposal Appeals to Black Misleaders: Black Alliance for Peace national organizer Ajamu Baraka said de facto Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s “Lift Every Voice” plan for Black America “assumes that all you have to do is provide a few little tweeks to the system and everything will be just fine.” But, “the US economy has collapsed and the impact on Black workers is profound.” Baraka, the 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate, said only the Black Misleadership Class will sing the praises of Biden’s “symbolic, paternalistic crumbs.” US Systemic Collapse is “Total”: The…


‘Murder Most Foul’ — What Everybody Is Missing About Bob Dylan’s JFK Song

Premeditated. Foul. Strange. Unnatural. Mark those words. They were carefully chosen. By Richard Eskow WhoWhatWhy (5/9/20) In the rash of hot takes that followed Bob Dylan’s release of a previously unknown track, most commentators tiptoed around the true news value: a major cultural icon has boldly given voice to a widely held, but professionally radioactive belief: that John F. Kennedy was killed, not by the “lone nut” Lee Harvey Oswald, but as part of a plot that was tantamount to a coup d’etat. And one that reshaped and misdirected his own generation and those that followed. This is an intriguing topic, but…



Notably Quotable: “Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can — but…”

  “Of course, everybody wants to save every life they can — but the question is, towards what end, ultimately?”  — Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and Trump pal They Are Giving You Death and Calling It Liberty ***** “What’s been happening to working people in this country is like a frog in boiling water, where things get more dire and extreme, where there has been this slow burn of declining stability and voice, and this crisis turned up the heat and exposed just how unconscionably corporations treat workers in our economy and society. This is not just a momentary surge…


The Chilling Truth: Trump Is Willing To Kill You & Your Family To Win Reelection

Trump needs just enough of an economic bounce by November to help him slither through the piles of corpses. By Les Leopold Common Dreams (5/7/20) President Trump has finally made public his fateful choice. He’s all in on reopening the economy even if it sends the virus death count into the millions. Actually he made that choice long ago. His logic is simple but cruel. Before the virus struck, his re-election hinged on taking credit for the robust economy he inherited. With unemployment at record lows he hoped to hang onto just enough votes in the key battle ground states…


What’s Really Going On Behind All The Headlines, News Updates & Trump Tweet Storms

Now the oligarchy is striking back. Forget Trump. He is just their useful idiot du jour.  By John Lemberger The Commoner Call (5/10/20) Trump is many ugly things. He is a serial liar, a sexual abuser of women, a swindler, a narcissist, grifter, and  psychological chameleon capable of converting from a sociopath to a psychopath right before our eyes. But he is also a Libertarian of the worst kind — the Charles Koch kind — which means he will lie, cheat and steal to destroy our majority-democracy and replace it with minority-rule Libertarianism. The important battle right now in America…


Billionaires Are Eating Our Economy & Future

While a few have pledged small percentages of their fortunes to fight the virus, most have held fast to their wealth. By J.C. Pan New Republic (5/7/20) Earlier this week, public health researchers projected that one in four Americans would experience hunger and food insecurity in the coming months as a result of the economic crash and mass unemployment set off by the pandemic. Even now, up to 71 percent of people who applied for unemployment benefits haven’t yet received them, and food bank lines are overextended, with car lines stretching for miles in some cases. In the new economic downturn, which so far shows every sign of approaching or…


Secretive “Dark Money” PAC Organized Specifically To Prevent Sanders From Primary Wins

“After Sanders’ path to the presidential nomination became a near-impossibility, Big Tent Project’s activity dropped precipitously—further evidence that its major purpose was defeating a federal candidate.” By Brendan Fischer Common Dreams (5/7/20) Voters from across the political spectrum are concerned about the rise of secret spending in our elections and rightly so. Political transparency is a means to advance the principles of the First Amendment by encouraging the exchange of ideas needed for voters to make informed decisions. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against “The Big Tent Project” for illegally hiding the identity…


Code Blue America: Republicans Butcher Responsibility To Instead Blame Covid-19 Victims

“Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time, and then all of the sudden she tested positive … this is why the whole concept of tests aren’t necessarily great … today, I guess, for some reason, she tested positive.” — Donald Trump’s reply to a question about VP Pence’s press sec. Katie Miller’s positive COVID-19 test ***** Freedom only works if it is paired with responsibility! By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/11/20) Dear Fellow Readers, The first quote highlights growing problems in the White House. First, the White House is a COVID-19 hot spot; a breeding…


WORKER STRIKES! The Only Tool Left To Resist Corporate Terrorism On American Families

  By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (5/11/20) One of the best new sources on the failing of the liberal elite and even many elected progressives will not be found on MSNBC or any of the big players in other perches in the mainstream corporate media. no, some of the best news and commentary is to be found on the Jimmy Dore Show, a daily independent, viewer-supported YouTube broadcast. A self-described “Jagoff Comedian”, Dore has a brash — and at times, yes, profane — ‘take-no-prisoners’ approach to the news honed by 30 years of being a night club entertainer…


Be Prepared For Building Second Wave Of Deadly Pandemic With A Home Pulse Oximeter: Early Detection Of Oxygen Deprivation Earlier From COVID-19, Can Help Avoid Need For Ventilator Treatment

Patients came in with alarmingly low oxygen saturations, but they did not, subjectively, actually feel short of breath. [Editor’s Note: With the willfully ignorant leadership in the nation and most states, the ‘reopening’ of the economy is going to lead to (just as in 198) a tremendous second wave of Covid-19 infections, illnesses and hundreds of thousands of deaths. If you can still find them, get a thermometer and oximeter and appropriate over-the-counter medications for fever, aches, nausea and diarrhea. I am not qualified to give medical advice, so go online and do your research NOW. Make sure your medical…


As States Loosen Pandemic Restrictions, Dr. Leana Wen Warns “We Are Not Ready For A Safe Reopening”

“Why shouldn’t this testing be available to all Americans?” Democracy Now! (5/8/20) As more than 40 states begin to reopen, President Trump is downplaying the need for mass COVID-19 testing, even as he himself is now being tested every day for the virus. We speak with emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen, who says, “Widespread testing is so critical. … Why shouldn’t this testing be available to all Americans?” Link To story, Transcript And 14-Minute Video  


‘Perfect Storm’ — Coronavirus Pandemic ‘will cause famine of biblical proportions’

“We are in this together. We can stop this becoming a widespread famine. But we need to act quickly and smartly.” By Fiona Harvey The Guardian (4/21/20) The world is facing widespread famine “of biblical proportions” because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of the UN’s food relief agency has warned, with a short time to act before hundreds of millions starve. More than 30 countries in the developing world could experience widespread famine, and in 10 of those countries there are already more than 1 million people on the brink of starvation, said David Beasley, executive director of the…


Hogs & Poultry Aren’t The Only Items On Slaughterhouse Menus. Now They Kill People, Too

Industrial plants that process cows, hogs, and chicken have become more dangerous than any other high-density sites in America save prisons.  By Sam Pizzigati Inequlity.org (5/1/20) Some businesses make us feel all warm and cuddly. Like bakeries. Who can resist smiling just thinking about the smell of newly baked bread? But other businesses — like meatpacking — we do our best to ignore. Who wants to think about blood and guts and squealing pigs? But think we must. Unsavory enterprises can reveal basic truths about our times we’d rather not consider. Back in the early 20th century, for instance, a young…